1136.0 - A Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2009  
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Labour Statistics Centre
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Perth
Telephone (08) 9360 5305


The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours provides detailed statistics on the composition and distribution of employee earnings and hours paid for. The survey collects information on the characteristics of employers, such as industry and sector, and their employees, such as occupation, type of employee, and method of setting pay. This information is used to provide comprehensive statistics about earnings and hours paid for, for various groups of employees, for example classified by industry, occupation and pay setting method.

The measure of employee earnings for estimates in the 2006 publication is regular wages and salaries in cash, that is, cash earnings. It includes amounts salary sacrificed. The estimates have been produced in accordance with the revised conceptual framework for measures of employee remuneration, as outlined in Information Paper: Changes to ABS Measures of Employee Remuneration (ABS cat. no. 6313.0). This differs from estimates provided in previous publications of this series in that amounts salary-sacrificed by employees, that were previously excluded, have now been included in estimates of ordinary time cash earnings and total cash earnings.


The survey covered all employing organisations in Australia (public and private sectors) except:

  • businesses primarily engaged in Agriculture, forestry and fishing;
  • private households employing staff; and,
  • foreign embassies, consulates, etc.

The employees of employers covered in the survey are in scope if they received pay for the reference period, except:
  • members of the Australian permanent defence forces;
  • employees based outside Australia; and
  • employees on workers' compensation who are not paid through the payroll.

Reference Period


Frequency of Collection

Biennial. The survey was most recently conducted in August 2008. Results for the 2008 survey are expected to be available in June 2009.

Method of Collection

A sample of approximately 9,000 employer (selection) units was selected from the ABS Business Register for the May 2006 survey. Employers provided data for a sample of their employees. Data for approximately 57,000 employees contributed to the May 2006 survey.


Release schedule

Publications from the survey are released in the year following the reference period.


Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2006 (ABS cat. no. 6306.0)


Data are available for Australia, and each state and territory.

Data service

Customised reports, in a variety of formats, are available from the ABS upon request.


States and territories
Level of government (public sector)
Age (
adult or junior)
Employee status (full-time or part-time)
Managerial status (managerial or non-managerial)
Type of employee
(permanent, fixed term, casual)
(ANZSCO First Edition and ASCO Second Edition)
(ANZSIC 1993)
Employer unit size
Methods of setting pay

Educational occupations
- ANZSCO First Edition
(Note that the availability of data at this detailed level is limited by the size of the sample)
Education, Health and Welfare Services Managers
    School Principals
    Other Education Managers
Education Professionals
    School Teachers
      Early Childhood (Pre-primary school) Teachers
      School Teachers
      Middle School Teachers
      School Teachers
      Education Teachers
    Tertiary Education Teachers
      University Lecturers and Tutors
      Education Teachers
    Miscellaneous Education Professionals
      Education Advisers and Reviewers
      Private Tutors and Teachers
      Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Education Aides

Educational industry
- ANZSIC 1993
(Note that the availability of data at this detailed level is limited by the size of the sample)
    Preschool Education
    School Education

Historical Data

The collection began in 1974 and was conducted annually until 1981, when a government decision was made to continue the survey on a biennial basis. As a result, no survey was run in 1982 or 1984. However, in 1986, it was resumed on an annual basis until up to and including the 1996 collection, after which it reverted to a biennial collection. Results from surveys conducted after 1981 are not strictly comparable with those from surveys conducted between 1974 and 1981.

The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours was not designed as a time series, so caution should be exercised when comparing data between different years.